Both are ancient techniques but newly re-popularized, in which glass is altered, fused, shaped or textured by the heat of a kiln, then often shaped in molds or slumped into forms. Such versatility is evident in the works on display, which range from the purely abstract to more representational forms.
"The grid represents the rules of society and behavior that constrain us, and the blocks are individuals caught on a game board with no real guides," says the artist who hails from
The blocks are moveable, so that the owner can position them as desired. Immerman says the blocks represent groups of people, or individuals trapped in their environment. The upper surface of the board is fairly bland in color, but the undersurface is very colorful. Just a hint of that can be seen from the edge. "If you look underneath, or illuminate (it) from below, you'll get an entirely different picture," Immerman says.
Some pieces in the exhibit are even more intricate in terms of fused patterns.
"We named the piece 'Orange Slice' as a play on both the technical construction approach we used for this piece, which consists of laying out hundreds of strips or slices of glass to form the overall design structure, and the spherical shape with the embedded, hand-pulled orange-colored murrine (colorful glass cane) which conjures up an image of an actual 'orange,' "
The result is a fun, happy, yet very sophisticated, bowl.
Taking a more direct approach,
"I have done much traveling in my lifetime and this piece is from a series I began a few years ago called 'Journey,' " Hafner says. "It is a compilation of my remembered vistas, many from the seat of an airplane."
Hafner says the trigger for this particular piece was a flight over
Add to that a "tangerine bridge and rainbow pathway." Hafner says the entire piece connotes her theme of journey and ongoing travels.
The purpose of this beacon, Simmons says, is "to bring the people back to the land just like the returning swallows that live half the year in the empty buildings and also in my studio."
"I spend many hours at my kiln building intricate layers of glass powders whilst the swallows watch on, chattering and swooping above my head," she says. "When the piece is lit well, you can see these flight paths illuminated."
Finally, gallery regular
"The series explore relationships through line, shape and color," Klein says. Comprised of a colorful sphere and wavy plane, both pieces are dependent on one another to make up the complete composition.
"These works, while exploring relationships, always have influences and inspirations that move me or affect my life," he says. "This particular piece is inspired by an incredible sunset that I saw last summer. The colors were varied, incredibly bold and enveloped the entire sky. The format is influenced by the paintings of
The artist's works reflect a profound change in direction after he moved 70 miles north of
"Prior to that move, most of my work was black and white," Klein says. "When I used color, it was always monochromatic. Now, I'm surrounded by nature and color. Even the skies are colorfully dramatic. Much of my current work is a celebration of the color that makes me feel good every day."
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